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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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A full bodied, full flavored ale. Deep garnet red with a dense, creamy head of tan. Stone Thrower is fermented at a lower temperature and the brewing water is softened to be closer to that found in Scotland. Malts: Pale, Crystal Chocolate, Roast. Hops: Hallertau Tradition, East Kent Goldings.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle @ home. Burgundy appearance with a cream colored head. Nice, sweet, caramel malty with a touch of spiciness. Toffee, chocolate, caramel malty flavor. Quite malty brew and pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle: Dark amber pour with a thin tan head. Nose is malty, earthy, a little yeast, and some toffee/caramel sweetness. Taste is sweet with more of that toffee presence, some caramel and chocolate malt, peat, yeast, and bananas. Lots going on, but it blends together so well it makes complex seem simple. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2011
It pours a deep mahogany, and ruby caramel. Decent sized white head on top. The head fades fast and leaves a decently sticky foam on the sides of the glass. Big malt aroma mixed in with hints of caramel. Raisins and malt. And in case I didnít mention it already, itís malty. Sort of expected when it is a Scotch ale. There is also a slight metallic aroma that doesnít seem to go with anything. For any beer.

Holy Grape-Nuts Batman! This thing is malty. And a bit grainy. But in a good way. This thing is seriously the maltiest beer I have had. There is a bit of carbonic-ness to it as well. But it seems to be highly carbonated, so itís not too much of a stretch. I, thankfully, donít get any of the metallic aroma from earlier in the taste. A bit of caramel as well. Decent body with a little bit of a malt sweetness. Itís not so sweet that you get tired of drinking it, but itís not too dry either. A very good balance. I get a bit of a bitterness on the back end, probably from the carbon.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours a really lovely crystal clear garnet, you can see right through this thing even though itís so red. very clean, neutral aroma, smells lightly of barley. light-side of medium body, smooth on the palate, not too bitter. flavors are biscuity and sweet but itís not cloying. Fairly neutral yeast character, there is a little something going on in the fruit department. Itís mild, almost like melon or kiwi. Big garnet kiwi. Further tasting is making me think this fruit is actually hop flavor, not yeast. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. Mr. Science says further analysis is required.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2011
12oz. bottle purchased at Sunflower Market, Tempe, AZ. Pours a Mahogany-red, with thick creamy head, which dissipates to a ring. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, banana and caramel. Taste is SWEET and malty, dark fruit, with some bitterness. Finish is sweet, malty and fading to a final bitter after taste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle (marked 07/06/11). Pours with a hazed deep brown/amber/garnet hued body with a medium sized tan to brown head that slowly fades to a ring. Aromas of cereal, light smoke, peat, iodine, caramel, toffee, kettle caramelization, esters (banana, dark fruit), lightly papery. Flavors are a bit vegital, estery (banana), tobacco, smoke, cereal grain. Some diacetyl, papery. No hops. Off-tasting. Plastic. Light carbonation. Dry finish. Rotten fruit, a bit rancid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2011
[Bottle] Pours deep reddish-brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is quite sweet, with banana (differs a little from the banana aroma in hefes), sweet tarts, and a little vanilla. Interesting. The taste is fruity up front, with plum and blackberry, then alcohol, earthiness, and subtle nuttiness throughout. Raisin really shows up at the end after it has warmed a bit. Nice. Good mouthfeel, fairly smooth, finish length is above average. Overall, an enjoyable, solid offering from Big Sky.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark clear copper color with a nice tan head. The nose is chewy and sweet with some dark malts and big fruity notes. The flavor comes across too sweet due to the lager qualities and the big body with the medium malts. Nice earthy hops and a clean malty finish, but still a bit too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
Reddish brown, clear, color. Modest head. Aroma and taste is a sweet caramel, with some spice which is appropriate for the style. Thin body with some maltyness on the finish, not much bitterness on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2011
Deep amber in color, cream colored head, clearish. The smell is sweet, caramel, malts, toffee candy. The taste is a little sweet, malts, caramel, ok.


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